Fatal Accident a Reminder Alcohol and Motorcycles Are A Deadly Combination


February 19, 2011

A 29-year-old Powder Springs man, James W. Groover, was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident Saturday night. According to police, Groover's 2007 Harley Davidson was traveling eastbound on Moon Road west of Florence Road when the bike left the roadway as he tried to negotiate a left curve. Although the accident is still under investigation, police have indicated that they believe the accident was alcohol related.

Groover died after being transported to WellStar Cobb Hospital. Assuming the police ultimately find that alcohol was involved, this tragic accident is a sad reminder of the devastating consequences that often result from the combination of risks associated with motorcycles and driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing people throughout Georgia who suffer serious injury or wrongful death in motorcycle accidents and collisions with drunk drivers for over 25 years.

Most people are somewhat aware of the increased danger that comes with riding a motorcycle. Motorcycles offer less protection, less stability and less margin for error if a rider must respond to a sudden emergency. Based on the number of miles traveled, a motorcyclist is approximately 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash and 9 times more likely to be injured. The inherent instability of motorcycles means that riders have almost no margin for error and often much less reaction time than drivers of passenger vehicles. Studies examining different stages of information processing, such as reaction time, vigilance, judgment, decision making and judgment related to distance and spatial relationships indicate that increased blood alcohol concentration impairs performance on such tasks. Given the unforgiving nature of a motorcycle and the small margin for error, alcohol and motorcycles are a deadly combination.

Given the danger, riding a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol is much more common than one might assume. Approximately 30% of people who die in fatal motorcycle accidents have a blood alcohol level of .08% or above, the level at which a person is presumed under the influence under Georgia's drunk driving law. There are plenty of hazards to motorcyclists that may lead to a serious, even fatal, motorcycle accident including but not limited to the following:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Drunk drivers
  • Wet and icy roads
  • Aggressive or reckless drivers
  • Defective motorcycles
  • Poorly designed or maintained roadways

While these are only a few of the potential dangers that await motorcyclists, there are more than enough potential dangers that those who take to the open highway on a motorcycle need to be alert, attentive and most of all sober. If you are involved in a serious motorcycle accident due to the negligence of a third party, the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will represent you in seeking fair compensation for your injuries. We work hard for our clients and are committed to providing exceptional service as part of our goal of being the best motorcycle accident attorneys in Georgia.

Our experienced Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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